Monday, 30 April 2012

Nature at it's Finest with Louise Body!

I am delighted today to feature British wallpaper designer Louise Body. It is clear to see why her work has such visual appeal and why her success has gone from strength to strength. Louise graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a Ba (Hons) in Fine Art before specialising in wallpaper design where her real passion lied.

Garden Birds

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Danielle O'Connor Akiyama is Fanatical About Florals

The striking paintings of Danielle O'Connor Akiyama have burst on to the sketchbook today. Danielle studied for a Masters in Art Therapy before focusing on her own explorations, guided by the beauty of nature. Danielle is a Canadian artist specialising in impressionistic floral paintings.

Hearts Desire

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Intriguing Fashion Illustrations by Camila do Rosari

I am excited to share with you the quirky fashion illustrations of the very talented Camila do Rosari. She is a Brazilian artist who creates digital and mixed-media illustrations, incorporating a range of watercolours and pencils to collage with sketchbooks, postcards and stamps. 

The use of loose watery effects combined with tight pattern and detail makes her work fascinating. Bold and bright colours provide a stark contrast and highlight against her hand drawn, realistic and tonal portraits. I feel her work really captures and expresses true emotion, this combined with her unusual imagery and attention to detail is captivating.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Gustav Klimt's Exquisite Ornamentation!

Klimt is a famous Austrian painter, specifically renowned for his studies of the female form. Klimt travelled to cities including Venice and Ravenna, well known for their beautiful mosaics, which clearly significantly inspired his work. Egyptian influences can also be seen in his use of imagery and gold leaf. 

The Tree of Life, 1909 (detail)

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Hand Drawn Beauty by Louise Tiler

Louise Tiler is a surface pattern designer who is "passionate about creating timeless hand-drawn and hand-painted designs that are influenced by the past and inspired by intricate, beautiful things." Sourced Louise Tiler 

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Creative Creatures by Ian Dutton

Ian Dutton is a very talented and experienced illustrator who designs fantastic characters and surface pattern designs. I first spotted Ian's creative work when I was working at Tigerprint design studio and have loved his creations ever since. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Machine Stitched Marvels by Claire Coles

Claire Coles machine stitches vintage wallpapers together to create layered textile art that explores colour, texture and pattern. Her vintage inspired colour palette is subtle, reminiscent of the varied surface patterns and decor of stately homes. Claire introduces highlights of raspberry, navy blue, teal and tangerine which provides contrast and intrigue to her designs.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Hannah Werning's Fascination with Pattern

Hanna Werning is a contemporary graphic designer and illustrator who creates innovative and layered surface pattern designs. I first fell in love with her work when I received one on her Paperchase postcards from a friend.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Explosion of Colour by Janaina Tschape

Janaina Tschape creates extraordinary abstract paintings that build an imaginative, almost dream-like atmosphere. Her watercolour paintings contain organic shapes, reminiscent of natural biological cells and forms. I love the extensive colour palette she uses in her pieces and the random drips and splatters add energy and interesting textural qualities to her work.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Embrace Embroidery with Louise Gardiner

I am delighted to introduce the contemporary embroiderer Louise Gardiner. She creates intricate, embellished, one-off designs that incorporate layers of intricate, free-hand machine stitched embroidery, paint, ink and applique. 

Because I Love You, 2009

Friday, 20 April 2012

Enchanting Tales by Beatirx Potter

Beatrix Potters classic tales have been personal favourites of mine since my chidhood. I have vivid memories of reading her beautiful little books as a child and being fascinated by her watercolour illustrations. Beatrix had a love for her natural surroundings, great affection for animals and a vivid and enchanting imagination.

 The Tale of Peter Rabbit, 1902

Thursday, 19 April 2012

The Geometry of Nature! with Lucienne Day

Lucienne Day has got to be one of my favourite textile designers of all time. Her distinctive work is structured with abstract organic shapes and motifs to create quirky repeating surface patterns. Day's inspiration was taken from plant forms, florals, grassess, spindly structures and intricate patterns in the landscape which is evident in her unique designs. I particularly love her colour palettes of earthy natural tones including olive greens and mustards, with highlights of ochre yellow, teal blue and tangerine orange.

Calyx, the fabric design that brought her fame

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Magnificent Claude Monet!

I could not resist featuring an all time favourite artist of mine Claude Monet. His impressionist paintings are rich in textural brush strokes, extensive colour palettes and stunning light effects. The atmospheric effect of his work captures my attention and draws me into his work. I could imagine myself tip-toeing around his garden at Giverny soaking up the summer sunshine and walking on the Japanese bridge over the lily pond. A garden for all artists, designers alike to wish for. 

Water Lily Pond with Irises, 1900

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Paper Cut Creations! by Tord Boontje

Tord Boontje transforms beautiful flora and fauna inspired silhouettes into laser paper cut creations which cast ever changing shadows in the light. I initially studied his creations when studying for my degree and took great inspiration from his unique and decorative style. His intriguing delicate structures can be found across a range of lighting, wall hangings, ceramics and more which will add a quirky touch to any home.

'Midsummer' Light

Monday, 16 April 2012

Wallpaper Wonders! by William Morris

William Morris has got to be the most important figure in the history of wallpaper design and had significant presence in the Arts and Crafts movement. William Morris's fascination with nature and surface pattern is evident in the stunning and luxurious designs he created. The earthy colour palettes he choose are subtle yet striking and very distinctive. His work provides a great wealth of inspiration for me as a designer and influence can be seen throughout all aspects of the design industry today.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Labour of Love! by Abigail Brown

I am very excited to include the innovative work of Abigail Brown. These magical little birds are hand made by machine and hand embroidery from scraps new and re-used materials. "Abigail loves the colour and vibrancy of the new fabrics but the life that still lives on in an old garment or piece of cloth, and enjoys the process of turning it into something new."This is clearly a labour of love due to the attention to detail and individual creatures she creates. I found it so difficult to choose which enchanting creatures to show so I have selected a few of my favourites.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

A Forgotten History! with Michelle Caplan

Today it is my pleasure to showcase the mixed media artwork of Michelle Caplan. Her intriguing collages have an aged, vintage feel and incorporate quirky colour palettes. Great inspiration is taken from vintage photography and unusual items she finds and collects at flea markets which is evident in the beautiful layered outcomes she achieves. "The portraits bring life to photographic history, each piece with its own narrative; trying to the tell the story of the person behind the image." Sourced Michelle Caplan.

Friday, 13 April 2012

A Luxurious Treat! by Designers Guild

I couldn't resist buying a beautiful Amalienborg Designers Guild duvet cover in fresh spring colours shown below. I am a real lover of the work of Designers Guild since a placement their many years ago. Their work has an exquisite, luxurious and stylish feel across a wide range of fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings. Every one should treat themselves to a little bit of Designers Guild in their home.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

The Sun is Shining! with Jennifer Sanchez

The sun has finally been shining today and I think the bold and colourful work of Jennifer Sanchez illustrates beautifully how I am feeling. Her work is vibrant, fun and has an inspirational energy about it. I love her use of geometric shapes and spirograph like motifs which remind me of my childhood. Sanchez very effectively layers patterns and painterly effects in a seamless and refreshing way. Well done you!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Underwater World! by Yellena James

The intriguing work of Yellena James has to be my choice of the day. Her work is reminiscent of florals combined with marine like structures in an extraordinary underwater world where organic shapes and forms twist and tangle together. I love the distinct and unique style of Yellena James's work with it's textural qualities and intricate detail.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Su Blackwell's Beautiful Books!

I am in total awe of Su Blackwell's intricate sculpted paper creations. They have a childlike and whimsical feel and have been created from old storybooks. She must spend days sat with a scalpel carefully cutting through layers upon layers of paper before assembling her masterpieces. Some include glowing lights that add interesting shadows and further depth to her work.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Spring Snoozing!

I would like to introduce Blue, our 5 month old little tabby. He loves nothing more than soaking up a few rays and giving cuddles.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Beautiful World of Angie Lewin!

After a visit to Edinburgh I stumbled across the stunning work of Angie Lewin. Her work takes great inspiration from her natural environment and her clever colour combinations are beautiful. Looking at her work reminds me of a summer’s day. It's fresh, contemporary and uplifting.

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